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Time is the investor’s friend

According to Peter Lynch investors should buy, hold, and when the market goes down, add to it, writes Michel Pireu

More prayers to patron of hopeless causes needed

Aubrey Matshiqi promo

The leadership and membership of Cosatu must distinguish between fractionalism and factionalism, writes Aubrey Matshiqi

VRROOM WITH A VIEW: Toyota’s revamped Prius hybrid remains relevant

The Prius hasn’t shifted its aim or found fault with the world it helped to shape. It’s just a much-improved version of its original self, writes Alexander Parker

Empowerment funds fail to muscle in real change

Dismal record shows state’s not serious about transformation, writes Phakamisa Ndzamela

Pan-African intellectual towered above us

Nomalanga Mkhize

Prof Sam Moyo’s outlook was shaped by anticolonial and anti-apartheid struggles and the ideal of African unity, writes Nomalanga Mkhize

To extreme pitches testing SA add extreme climates

Smog-blighted Delhi far more suitable venue for climate change talks to sharpen world leaders’ minds, writes Neil Manthorp

THE INSIDER: Mining nuggets can spell trouble


To make a mistake with your boss’s name in a testy letter to the media is surely career limiting

STREET DOGS: To Peter Lynch, time is everything

It’s not so much about the right time of the year to invest as it is about for how long, writes MichelPireu

Previous columns

STRAIGHT TALK: War is not what it used to be

Mark Barnes promo

Turmoil and uncertainty in financial markets nothing more or less than a reflection of conflicts and tensions in the real world, writes Mark Barnes

ON THE MONEY: Exchange weathers lean times in spite of domestic downward drift

Stuart Theobald promo

JSE’s successes can be traced to its fall in exposure to the domestic economy, writes Stuart Theobald

UNEMBARGOED: SAA headwind will not deter public scrutiny

Stratospheric rise of our national debt demands closest scrutiny of state-owned enterprises such as South African Airways however government tries to spin things, writes Songezo Zibi

Rugby superstar never forgot his humble roots

Ferocious on the pitch, off it Jonah Lomu was a warm, self-effacing and sometimes shy man. His humility was widely admired, writes Adekeye Adebajo

STREET DOGS: It's not really as we recall

The pieces the brain chooses to compose our memories are those that best preserve and protect our self-concept, writes Michel Pireu

THICK END OF THE WEDGE: What Zuma must still break to survive

Peter Bruce promo

It's time the ANC stood up to its president. He has to stop spending money and back his finance minister or we are headed for disaster, writes Peter Bruce

Cosatu unions neglect core work in pursuit of riches

Labour a convenient whipping boy for business, but great irony is unions are not fighting to uphold worker rights, writes Natasha Marrian

Lack of local competition undermines exports

Gavin Keeton

Competition authorities must check market dominance by private and public businesses while government fans flames of domestic competition, writes Gavin Keeton

How racial populism damages the idea of equality

Vanguard of racial populism rides roughshod over constitutionally guaranteed principle of equality, writes Gareth van Onselen

LAW MATTERS: No sense in government’s appeal of textbook case

The only thing the government will have achieved in the textbooks case is to make itself look as if it does not care about poor children, writes Franny Rabkin

When it comes to money, there is nothing new under the sun

Even an apparently hi-tech currency like Bitcoin differs little from the monetary systems of the ancients, writes Robert Laing

Let us stop name-calling and reflect on values

Social struggles and tensions demand discussion about which system will best deliver greatest benefits to the most people, writes Xhanti Payi

STREET DOGS: Too hard pile has a place

When it comes to investing, having a ‘too hard’ pile is a huge advantage, writes Michel Pireu

AB InBev’s imminent JSE listing will make it top dog

Listing will enable Belgian-Brazilian brewer to familiarise itself with South African investors and smooth cross-border financial flows, writes Hilary Joffe

THE INSIDER: Are Cabinet meetings called by the tea party?

Justice Minister Jeff Radebe, front, flanked by Basic Education Minister address a media briefing following the public protector's report on President Jacob Zuma's estate at Nkandla on Wednesday.  Picture: GCIS

Jeff Radebe admits after commendations, welcomes and encouragements Cabinet did, in fact, get round to discussing budget and drought

A blind spot about sage advice

Science can tell us more about atoms than about the way people behave, writes Michel Pireu

Winning the toss may be key to securing third Test

Calling correctly and batting first may not guarantee victory, but batting first and batting well almost certainly will, writes Neil Manthorp

SABMiller buyout will test merger guidelines

Mega beer deal comes just as competition authority refines its thinking on public interest, writes Trudi Makhaya

STRAIGHT TALK: Rate hike will lift debt demand

Mark Barnes promo

Everybody can borrow money now. For most people, once you do, you’ll never look back; never get out of it and you’ll always live beyond your means, writes Mark Barnes

2015: A glorious year for Jacob Zuma

This year was a great for President Jacob Zuma in this country without consequences or rational voter sentiment, writes Gareth van Onselen

ON THE MONEY: We need more rebel shareholder activists to keep companies honest

Stuart Theobald promo

Short activism a good way to improve market efficiency by providing incentives for skilled analysts to look for bad news and not just the good, writes Stuart Theobald

ON WORK: Why I love my office building despite coffee stains and mice

Lucy Kellaway promo

Just as architects and designers are learning how to build better offices, people are losing the habit of working in them, writes Lucy Kellaway

Meeting focuses minds on Bashir and the jurisdiction question

Omar al-Bashir. Picture: EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

There is little consensus on ambiguities surrounding ICC member states’ obligations to arrest when heads of state have immunity, writes Kelly-Jo Bluen

What would a 15-member Cabinet mean for job cuts?

Job cuts make for good political rhetoric; actually cutting jobs is nigh on impossible in South Africa today, writes Gareth Van Onselen

ON THE WATER: Spurious arguments will not save the rhino

It’s clear vested interests and material gains are the organising principles driving the scrap over trade in rhino horn, writes Neels Blom

HALF ART: Artist Muholi brings us face to face with performed authenticity

Roles Zanele Muholi’s Somnyama Ngonyama 'performs' depict the black face and the black body as both regal and vulnerable, writes Chris Thurman

THE INSIDER: Handicapped golfers go cap in hand to umpire

Picture: REUTERS

Oddly enough, the word ‘handicap’ stems from an ancient form of barter

Born-again jihadis seek a better afterlife for all

Suicide bombers are driven by contradictory visions welded uneasily together: anticolonialism, mortal transcendence for victims, and divine reward in martyrdom, writes Jonny Steinberg

Depending on China is no way to grow Africa

China’s trade with Africa not broad-based and not driven by altruism, writes Mzukisi Qobo

LIQUID INVESTMENTS: Vine art of seeing stars and scoring points while sipping

Michael Fridjhon promo

Professional tasters seem to manage a degree of consistency, despite potential for things to go wrong, writes Michael Fridjhon

Christmas ads should embrace tenderness

Drop the promotion-driven, generic and overly clichéd. Christmas ads should reflect SA’s humaneness and spirit of kindness and sharing, writes Suhana Gordhan

STREET DOGS: From The Devil’s Financial Dictionary

Michel Pireu: Data, n. The raw material from which Wall Street fabricates distortions for marketing purposes

THE INSIDER: Red-carpet treatment by royal command

Swaziland's King Mswati III. Picture: GCIS

Prodemocracy group apoplectic over ban of red or white carpets except for over-inflated King Mswati

Zimbabwe First Lady’s rape stance defies logic

Leon Louw promo

By grace of Grace Mugabe, temptation absolves criminals and victims cause crimes, writes Leon Louw

Is democracy really a solely Western preserve?

Democracy is not about forcing anyone to change their culture — it is about the right to be what we are, writes Steven Friedman

LETTER FROM LONDON: A season of SA art abroad changes narrative

Events such as SA-UK Seasons show off country’s willingness to face up to its myriad challenges and ‘hug the cactus to make tequila’, writes Marvin Meintjies

Maimane is inconsistent in firing Kohler Barnard

Decision on Kohler Barnard shows just how shallow the DA can be when it deals with the real issues surrounding racism in SA, writes Phakamisa Ndzamela

Words repeated too often can lose their sting

Students protest over planned increases in tuition fees in Stellenbosch on Friday. Picture: REUTERS

The modern lexicon of social injustice is now so overused it is in danger of becoming a parody of itself, writes Lindiwe Mazibuko

THE INSIDER: Time may work wonders for SAA chairwoman

SAA chairwoman Dudu Myeni  and new acting CEO Musa Zwane confer during a parliamentary committee  hearing on Wednesday. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Perhaps the shambles at SAA is so comprehensive that the question of her resignation leaves her dumbfounded

No, SA is too insane even for the terror crazies

The psychotic fringe is unlikely to use SA as a remote incubator due to the difficulties our ideological complexities would present, writes Simon Lincoln Reader

EFF will play a role in choice of ANC leaders

Anthony Butler promo

EFF’s leadership, comprised of members of a defeated ANC faction, can expect to be active participants in the ANC’s upcoming leadership struggle, writes Anthony Butler

Journalism is about checking the facts

Factual mistakes can mess up our decision-making, they can hurt and even kill, writes Anton Harber

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